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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Our Big Gig is back!


PRESS RELEASE - 5 March 2014

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Our Big Gig: Nationwide music celebration returns to a community near you this summer


- Our Big Gig returns to host hundreds of music events in communities across the nation from 11-13 July


- Grants and support available for event organisers who wish to programme community events in their areas


Our Big Gig, England’s largest community music festival is to return in 2014 from 11th to 13th July, Communities Minister Stephen Williams has announced today. Community organisations are now being urged to apply for an Our Big Gig grant to organise an event.


Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Our Big Gig will see the country unite to celebrate local music at community events, showcase new and existing talent and give people the opportunity to have a go at making music.


Last summer, over 200,000 people attended 326 Our Big Gig events which saw a wide variety of musical activities take place in a range of unusual spaces. From schools to skate parks, beaches to boats, some 14,600 people performed across the length and breadth of the country.


For 2014, all types of community organisations are being urged to apply to put on an event in their local area and bring together diverse groups of people through music. Be it a sports club, faith group or another, all successful applicants receive grant funding and event management training is provided.


Organised by music and arts organisation Superact, Our Big Gig grew from the Bandstand Marathon; an iconic London 2012 festival event that helped close the London Games with 9000 people across Britain simultaneously performing Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’.


As an official ‘Spirit of 2012’ legacy event, the Olympic feel good factor pervaded Our Big Gig  in 2013 as 5,800 people volunteered to help at events and nearly 35,000 people took part in new musical activities.


Launching Our Big Gig for 2014, Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:


“Our Big Gig is a great opportunity for local people to take the lead in putting on a musical event that unites their local community, celebrates home grown talent and inspires people without a background in music to get involved.  


“Like taking part in sport, making music has the power to transform lives and I’m really looking forward to events that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved and make music part of their lives.”


Katharine Lane, Director at Superact added:


“Our Big Gig is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to put on a musical event in their community and reach out to people that they may not yet know.


“While Superact has been running community music events across the UK for years, we never cease to be amazed at the unifying power of music.


“We’re looking forward to receiving event applications from across the country and would encourage as many people as possible to apply before 4th April”


To apply to host an Our Big Gig event visit www.ourbiggig.co.uk and fill out the online form.


Deadline for applications – 4th April 2014







DCLG The Department for Communities and Local Government works to move decision making power from central government to communities, putting them in charge of local services and planning, showing them how their money is being spent, and working to bring communities and people from all backgrounds together.  www.gov.uk/dclg

Superact - Superact is a not-for-profit CIC that uses music and the arts to develop and deliver social impact projects in the UK and abroad. Working in the key impact areas of community development, justice and health and wellbeing, Superact creatively improves lives by empowering individuals and strengthening communities.


Our Big Gig


Our Big Gig is an annual event that brings communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making.


The summer event will run from 11th to the 13th July 2014


Our Big Gig EXTRA


Our Big Gig EXTRA offers longer term community music making opportunities to specific communities.


In 2013, projects ran in Bristol, Leicester, Knowsley, Blackburn with Darwen, Birmingham, Bradford, Luton, Middlesbrough, and the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Westminster.




Contact Information – Photos, info & interviews


For general enquiries about Our Big Gig and Superact, contact:


- Nick Roberts at nickr@superact.org.uk or 0117 2140366 / 07966224375


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